Pittosporum tobira ‘Nanum’
Dwarf Japanese Mock Orange
Pittosporum tobira or Japanese Mock Orange is a rounded, broadleaved evergreen shrub with attractive leathery, glossy dark green leaves held in pleasing whorls. In a good summer Pittosporum tobira produces small heads of creamy-white, highly scented flowers.
The ‘Nanum’ cultivar is a slower growing, more compact form of the species, making it perfectly suitable for growing in a container.
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Native to South Korea and Japan, the name Japanese Mock Orange stems from the flowers which resemble the blossom of an orange. They also smell quite similar to orange blossom, though they have also been compared to jasmine flowers.
In UK gardens, Pittosporum tobira is tough, durable and can withstand severe pruning, making it a great choice as a screen or hedge.
Care & Size Guidance
Pittosporum tobira, or Japanese Pittosporum, is an evergreen shrub prized for its glossy green foliage and fragrant flowers. Plant in well-draining soil and a spot with full sun to partial shade. Water regularly during the establishment phase, but once mature, it becomes drought-tolerant. Minimal pruning is needed to maintain its attractive form. Pittosporum tobira is relatively pest and disease resistant. With its versatility as a hedge, screen, or specimen plant, this low-maintenance shrub adds elegance to any landscape. Enjoy its year-round beauty and delightful fragrance while enhancing your garden effortlessly with Japanese Pittosporum.
In cold regions or in exceptionally cold winters, it may need to be brought undercover or protected from the frost with a fleece jacket.